Reinforcing its ‘Creative City’ status, the city of Baguio has recently unveiled the City Christmas Tree at Rose Garden, Burnham Park and the Lights and Sounds Show at Malcolm Square.
The Christmas Tree of the City was unveiled last December 1 was presented by several public officials of Baguio City. There were also tons of performances from different groups before the big reveal.
Measuring 23 meters in height, the tree is adorned with red blooming flowers and woven abaca balls in different sizes. At night, it illuminates with various colors to provide a pleasing visual experience. During its unveiling, hundreds of residents and tourists flocked to get a first look of the highly anticipated Christmas Tree of the City.
During the last week of November, the city government closed down Malcolm Square to pave way for the making of a Lights and Sounds Show for the Christmas season. The show was finally under way last December 1 and it was worth the wait. Animals adorned with Christmas lights stood guard at Malcolm Square while the trees were beautifully wrapped in lights as well. A stage was made in front of Malcolm Square wherein performers would entertain the crowd with songs and dances.
The best thing about all of this is that everything is free. The city of Baguio does not collect fees from all the performances and showcases. Visit Malcolm Square when you have a chance since the Lights and Sounds show begin during the evening.
Atop Session Road, the spot where the old concrete tree was taken down from years ago would always receive a makeover during the Christmas season. Today’s Christmas season is no different. Instead of your usual Christmas Tree Designs, a ‘Tinatik’ Christmas Tree was unveiled. Maela Liwanag Jose, the creator of the tree, uses a technique called “Tinatik”, taken from the Filipino term “tina” for ‘color’ and the Indonesian term “batik” which means ‘drop’. “Tinatik”, meaning “Color Drop”.
Taken from WheretoBaguio.com’s article about Tinatik,
“The Story of Creation is the inspiration for many of Maela’s works, especially the Christmas tree. But she doesn’t just tell the story with literal images. Instead, she put a Cordilleran twist with careful research of Cordilleran patterns and symbols which are used in artifacts, fabrics, and tattoos. Which is why if you take a close look at the Christmas tree, you’ll see patterns of spirals, zigzags, curves, and lines – each having meaning, such as spirals for hills, zigzags for fish, and diamonds for day and night.”
We shall be replacing the photos from our own shots once we have the time to take pictures. For now these are samples and photos from WheretoBaguio.com and Facebook.